"For all the deprivation, they gave us an incredible wealth of love and inspiration, belief in the future and belief in ourselves," she said. "I really believe that if a parent gives you that, you can go through just about anything."
Her most indelible gift is from her father. When she was young, he promised her a glass castle to live in. "Dad was going to build it, the house to end all houses. It was going to be the best house ever ... It was made of nothing but glass, including the floors and the stairways."
Now that blueprint for that castle of glass has become the blueprint for Walls' new memoir: "The Glass Castle."